Articles by Dr Ravi P Bhatia

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Delhi – My Dilli
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Delhi is the capital of India but is also a beloved of many old people including myself who have been living here for decades. We call the city Dilli which has a reference to the word Dil (heart). Many books and accounts of this grand city have been written by historians, novelists and ordinary people. It has a long, tortuous history built, destroyed and rebuilt innumerable number of times by one invading kingdom or another.

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Religious Goddesses and Conditions of Women Today in India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

Although I have focused on the situation of women in India today, in many parts of the world women are victims of prejudice, injustice and violence both physical and mental. What can be done to alleviate the situation? There is no easy answer. Let us remember that injustice and violence is taking many forms to which we must be sensitive and act against it sincerely.

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Understanding Conflicts through Differing Belief Systems
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

Conflicts arise when differing approaches and belief systems come in contact. We must respect these differing perspectives of life and act judiciously and sympathetically towards them. Gandhi worked endlessly to build bridges between different communities and promote peace harmony and goodwill. The path followed by Gandhi is as relevant today as it was when he was alive.

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Handling Opposites for Peace and Justice
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

16 Jul 2016 – Life is full of opposites: left and right, north and south, pleasure and pain, peace and violence and many other similar examples. It can be easily seen that some of these opposites such as south or north, or up and down are given and we cannot change them…. A tragic discourse in contemporary times is terrorism vs peace. Terrorism has taken a very ugly turn as can be seen by the latest event of a lone deranged man in Nice.

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Life after Death—Reviving Vulnerable Languages
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2016

Like living beings, languages spoken by people also die and become extinct. There are thousands of languages and dialects in the world.

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Toronto’s High Park Zoo: A Place of Wonder and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

A visit to this small zoological park in Toronto does not only give pleasure especially to children, but it is a fun filled learning experience where one has a sense of joy and wonder at the beauty of nature.

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Connecting with Clouds for Freedom and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

Clouds are our constant companions whether we realise it or not. Wherever we are under the open skies, we can see clouds of various shapes and forms. They form part of our myths, our cultures, our films and songs. They are a source of joy and freedom and objects of study of scientists.

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Cultivating Symbols for Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

The world is full of symbols – religious, cultural, historical, archaeological, linguistic and nationalistic. Flags are a powerful symbol of a country… Let us remember and fortify our good symbols, let us avoid the pitfall of extreme negative, repressive and harmful symbolism that is becoming an inevitable part of modern life.

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Civil Society Movements for Promotion of Peace and Social Justice
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

Today with acute problems of environmental pollution and climate change, many movements are taking place for the protection and sustenance of the environment. Before discussing environmental movements, it is useful to refer to some prominent political and social movements.

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Call of the Forests – Seeking Joy and Peace
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2016

Forests are symbols of life. If we did not have forests on the planet Earth it would be difficult to visualise what type of life could be present. But life as we know it would not exist. How is this so? The world celebrates Earth Day on 22nd April. It would be wonderful if we also started celebrating World Forest Day.

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Anokhe Lal – A Simple Man of Peace and Kindness
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2016

Anokhe Lal was a do-gooder — a man of simple tastes and limited money. The name was appropriate since the name meant a strange person, a man whom we see rarely in society. He lived in a small hut in a poor colony.

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Romance of Names – Their Environmental and Religious Significance
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2016

What’s in a name? “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, Shakespeare had written in the play Romeo and Juliet.

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Religious Festivals for Brotherhood, Joy and Peace
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2016

On 24 March, we celebrate the festival of Holi in North India by sprinkling coloured powder called gulal and coloured water on each other. Songs, dances and merrymaking mark this day.

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Seeking Peace in a Healthy Environment
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2016

Peace is multi dimensional entity that does not mean just the absence of conflict or violence; it signifies friendship, sharing, harmony, beauty and tranquillity. It signifies harmony with nature, enjoying and cherishing its diversity and beauty.

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Gandhi: A Symbol of Peace, Harmony and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2016

Mahatma Gandhi was a man of peace both in his lifetime and death. 30th January is observed as Gandhi’s day of martyrdom since he was assassinated in New Delhi on this date in 1948 by a fanatic who felt that Gandhi was working against the Hindu faith.

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Dancing for Joy and Friendship
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

Another element is depiction of violence and controlling it by dance. There is violence in all of us – sometimes it is muted and sometimes it comes out in the open. Some dance forms especially of Nagaland depict dancers carrying spears and sticks and making war like sounds to terrorise an enemy. The dance is riveting and it is a means of subsuming the violence that we occasionally feel for some unspecified opponent.

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Schooling for Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2016

The UN Charter of Human Rights passed in 1948 has recognised education as a fundamental right in Article 26 of the Charter that states, “Everyone has the right to education. It should be free at least to the elementary and foundational levels …” “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” — Edward Everett

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Memories of Urvashi
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2015

Urvashi is no longer alive physically but her memories and her supreme sacrifice continue to inspire and motivate many young persons. She is a symbol of encouragement and peace.

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Rationalism and Piety
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2015

There are contrasting views about rationalism and empiricism. Indian Rationalist Association is as the name suggests an Indian institution that tries to expose the so-called godmen and other superstitions.

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Cleanliness and Sanitation
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2015

India has a lot of poverty and environmental pollution. This is caused by several factors such as development activities of the government, production of electric power and not least by peoples’ attitude of polluting the atmosphere. It is also caused by lack of toilets in the homes of poor people which results in people defecating in the open.

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Losing One’s Language
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2015

It is estimated that there are about 6500 spoken languages today of which approximately 5000 will become extinct by the end of the 21st century.

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Yes to Development, No to Environmental Degradation
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

The emphasis of India today is on economic growth and development. Mahatma Gandhi often said, “Nature produces enough for peoples’ needs but not for their greed; characteristic aspect of modern civilization is an indefinite multiplicity of wants”, etc. Thus, let us have development and create jobs but not at the expense of our environment and biodiversity.

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